Sinistar - Atari 5200



If you grew up in arcades during the early 80's, you're probably familiar with the haunting, "Beware I Live!" emanating from Sinistar. One of Williams Electronics' later games, Sinistar is a fast-paced space-based shooter where you must mine crystals from asteroids, while avoiding enemy drones and Warriors who are building the evil Sinistar. These crystals form the basis of bombs you'll use against Sinistar, who will ruthlessly chase you through space once his drones complete assembling him.

Atari created a nearly complete version of Sinistar for their Atari 8-bit computers, but the game was never commercially released. Thanks the efforts of Ken Van Mersbergen (Dutchman2000 in our forums), Sinistar is now available for you to enjoy. Ken has posted XEX and ATMAX versions of the game in our Atari 8-bit Forum, and an ATR version is available here.

If you have an Atari 5200, we've made some Sinistar cartridges available, featuring beautiful, hand-painted Sinistar artwork by David Exton. The Atari 5200 version of Sinistar is a port from the 8-bit version and is basically identical to that version.

You can find a thorough review of Sinistar over at

Includes cartridge only, no manual or box is included.

Author Jeffery P. Milhorn
Artwork David Exton
Number of Players 1 - 2
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K
Robert Menes on 09/17/2018 08:57am
A spot-on translation of the original Williams arcade game, Sinistar works wonderfully on the Atari 5200! Even the infamous joystick works in its favor, giving good analog control and allowing for fast movement! Graphics look great, with good use of color and decent sized sprites, and the famous "BEWARE I LIVE!" voice clip is even included! Definitely recommended!
VectorGamer on 08/17/2017 11:24am
A nice translation of the Williams arcade smash hit for the 5200 with multiple difficulty levels to choose from. The only issue with this game is the graphics glitch out in that your score and text will be unreadable. You pretty much have to power-cycle the 5200 after every game to clear the condition. With that, it would be nice if someone could fix the glitch and re-release this.
Bruce on 09/02/2010 11:08pm
Fantastic! A wonderful translation to the 5200. The graphics are great and speedy, and it includes the cool voices you remember. The cartridge label looks splendid as well. You need to buy this yesterday!

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